Good morning dolls. Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving. I was able to do my makeup for a second day in a row (spoons a plenty ). Here is my face of the day….
We have nothing planned for today. No, I will not be shopping Black Friday deals … too many people in one place causes panic attacks for me. I’m more of a Cyber Monday gal.
I decided to do a more natural makeup today , well natural for me anyway (giggles).
Here’s what I used ….
Base: I chose not to use a primer since I’m only going to be home today. For foundation I decided to go light weight and chose Bobbi Brown BB Cream with SPF 35 ($48 at Sephora) in the color fair. My concealer is Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage ($29 on Urband Decay’s website) in medium light neutral. I set my face with my tried and true – Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in translucent and my eyes with ELF’s Smooth and Set powder ($4 on the ELF website). To bronze my face I used Kat Von D’s Shade and Light pallet ($49 at Sephora) and used a mix of the 2 deepest colors ( Shadowplay and Subconscious ).
Eyes: My primer as always is Tarte Shape Tape ( $27 at Tarte.com ) in the color light medium honey. The two eye shadow pallets I chose for today are both from Urban Decay. The first pallet is the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics pallet (no longer sold – but you can find it at Glambot.com and I have scene many offered on the Mercari app as well) and the Urban Decay Born to Run pallet ($49 at Ulta). To set my eye base I used Pre-Game all over the lid. For my first transition color I used Weekender and my second transition color is called Riff (both from the Born to Run pallet) then it was back to the Ultimate Basics pallet for Lockout as my crease color. On the lid I used Double Life on the out 1/3, Stranded on the middle 1/3, and Blaze on the inner 1/3 all from the Born to Run pallet. I used Good as Gone from the Born to Run pallet as my outer V color. For my eye highlights I used Blow (Ultimate Basics) for the brow bone and Breakaway (Born to Run) for my inner corner highlight. My eyeliner is Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged eyeliner in the color Black by Ardency Inn ( $20 on the Ardency Inn website). I used Professional Eyebrow Powder made by the owner of my eye brow bar called OhLaLa ($10) in dark brown and my mascara is my one and only Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black ($10 at Walmart).
Cheeks and Lips: I used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush ($25 at Ulta) in the color captivating ( a true coral ). For my cheek highlight I used MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish ($30 at Ulta or MAC) in the color Soft and Gentle. Onto lips!!! I used Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips ($34 on Beautilish’s website) in the color Glaston Berry and MAC’s Lip Pencil ($18 at MAC ) in Nightmoth.
Final Thoughts? Bobbi Brown BB Cream is super light weight and gives a light coverage (enough to even skin out … not enough to cover scars or blemishes.) I love how my skin looks in the BB cream and I love how it feels – not heavy at all; however it does not set and a powder is definitely needed. The down side is that there are only 6 shades and none are deeper than golden light brown so there isn’t a shade for our ebony beauties, however if you happen to have Cover FX Custom Cover Drops ($29 at Sephora and offered in 25 colors) in your color you can deepen the darkest shade of the BB cream, I’ve used my Custom Cover Drops to add coverage to the BB Cream and the finish is amazing. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage concealer is billed as a cream but to me it’s more of a serum and almost feels like you don’t have anything on. It comes in 9 colors steaming from Fair Neutral to Extra Deep Neutral and has 6 of the 9 shadeds dedicated to the darker skinned beauties out there. (I am impressed!!! Finally someone gets it …. we need more companies to produce multiple shades for our darker community!!!). The Kat Von D’s Shade and Light pallet has a lighting powder and bronzer for light , medium, and light deep. The powders blend well and build up effortlessly; however the powders are so soft that it is very easy to over do your bronzer in one fell swoop. The powder is so soft that it almost feels like a cream. The bronze colors are red based and lend to and almost natural tan look. This is my go to bronzer for days that I don’t have much to do. On to shadows the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics pallet is a great staple neutral pallet to own, I am sad that Ulta , Sephora, and the Urban Decay website no longer carry it. It’s compact enough to travel with and has just enough mid tone colors to allow you to creature an everyday look for almost any skin tone. The powders are finally milled but there is little to no fallout with these shadows and there is zero kick back ( meaning that when you put your brush into these shadows there isn’t any powder build up.) As for the Urban Decay Born to Run pallet I am having a love/hate relationship with it. The matte shades are not as finally mild as say the Ultimate Basics pallet and I find that there is heavy kick back … I hate when that happens … it’s a waste of money. I find the colors to be breath taking however they are not highly pigmented (not what I am use to with Urban Decay) and there is a ton of fall out with the sparkly colors. The sparkly colors are softer and smoother and glide on wonderfully but again …. unless you use your finger a damp brush there is little payoff. This pallet has the potential to create so gorgeous looks with all those jewel tones in it, you just have to fineness the product a bit more than with other pallets. As for Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush …. as I have said in my previous post these blushes are some of my favorite formulas and well worth the $25 price tag! A little goes a long way with this blush and the colors Tarte offers are so stunning. MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish was the first product I purchased from MAC and I fell in love almost instantly. This particular color in general is so flattering, the only down side is that the glitters in the formula are a little bigger than I like. (not a deal breaker mind you, I just have to use a lighter hand when applying it.) I am having a difficult time trying to make Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged eyeliner by Ardency Inn work for me. The brown one I used in my Thanksgiving look felt like it tugged and skipped a lot and felt as if it had a drier formula… and the one I used in today’s look although it felt creamer and did not tug or skip on my mature eye line it bled onto my lower line a ton – I had to redo my eyeliner 4 times just to get it right… and I ended up with a thicker line than I wanted (user error perhaps). This liner is definitely not one I will repurchase. Finally MAC’s Lip Pencil … I love the color range of this pencil (something for everyone) however I am not sure if I purchased an old one or if this is just how MAC lip liners are, but I had to run the lip liner across the back of my hand for a few seconds to get it to apply. After that it was smooth sailing … no tugging, no bleeding, and crazy pigmentation. It is the only liner by MAC I own but I am 100% getting more.
Well that’s it dolls …. remember to save a spoon for a bit of lip stick xox.